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September 4, 2006, 01:58 PM
It is quite surprising to see very little enthusiasm among the corporate houses to participate this years corporate cricket league. This was a very useful opportunity for young cricketers to gain some professional contact and earn money. BCB needs to act sensibly to make sure Corporate League becomes a regular tournamnet with good participation from corporate houses.

From New Age,

"The Corporate Cricket League is set for a setback as very few business houses have shown an interest to participate in the domestic curtain-raiser, said organisers on Monday.
With only three days to go before the date for entries expires, only four teams have enlisted so far and that has given cause for concern.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board had earlier planned to hold the tournament with twelve teams but it seems highly unlikely because attempts to attract the leading companies have apparently failed.
The teams that have agreed to take part are Acme Laboratories, Beximco Group, Asia Pacific Global and Bangla CAT. Asia Pacific Global are set to make their debut in the competition.
Ali Hossain, the member-secretary of the tournament, said however he was optimistic to include some more teams before entries close on September 7. The league itself is slated to begin on October 1.
?We are still negotiating with some corporate houses and hopefully they will send their entry within a day or two,? Hossain said on Monday. He also optimistic about the participation of last year?s runners-up Epyllion Group and Ispahani Group, two companies owned by BCB officials Reazuddin Al Mamun and Mirza Salman Ispahani.
Though the tournament committee?s major concern was the little or no interest from the cellular companies.
GrameenPhone, who won the second edition before skipping last year, were the only mobile company which has shown some interest but their chances of playing remained 50-50, admitted Hossain.
Considering the prevailing situation, the BCB is now planning to make it a single league with eight teams instead of round robin league format that saw 12 teams divided into two groups last year.
?In case we don?t have enough teams we will make it a single league with eight teams,? said Hossain.
The BCB also decided to withdraw the pool system, which restricted the teams from recruiting more than four national players last season. It also agreed to allow foreign players from the beginning of the competition, informed Hossain. Previously guest players were allowed only in the semi-finals and final. "

September 5, 2006, 02:44 AM
That is sad news indeed ! With out the participation of corporate houses, our cricket will eventually become ill.

September 5, 2006, 08:32 AM

September 5, 2006, 10:09 AM
Whos failure is it? the marketing guys of BCB? i would like to think so, based on that report.

After all, it is highly unlikely in Bangladesh that we will not get 12 corporate teams to play Cricket league, esp the likes of Grameen Phone and Bangla Link. Grameen Phone has been an integral part of BD cricket's developement and it is quite surprising to see them not willing to participate.

There must a communication break down between the board and the Corporates.
May be the board needs to initiate some incentives for the league participants.

September 5, 2006, 10:34 AM
Phone companies in Bangladesh competes with each other in everything. If one phone company comes in, I am sure other companies like Aktel and Citycell will also come in.

September 5, 2006, 10:58 AM
Whos failure is it? the marketing guys of BCB? i would like to think so, based on that report.

Isn't it obvious? Who are the other possible culprits you can think of?

September 5, 2006, 11:25 AM
Isn't it obvious? Who are the other possible culprits you can think of?

oh i couldnt, thats why i was raising that question, in case i missed any.

September 5, 2006, 03:27 PM
No surprise because the BCB officials failed to manage a tv deal after the previous one expired. Gadhar dol. Kill them all.

September 6, 2006, 01:42 AM
So it seems like the crickets governing body is corrupt as well, just like our countrys governing body.

September 7, 2006, 03:16 PM
Cheer up people, according to today's Inqilab (http://www.dailyinqilab.com/september8/pdf/sprots.pdf), seven more corporate houses have entered their names on the last day. So, as usual, twelve corporate houses will compete this year's league.

September 8, 2006, 09:54 AM
Great news!! now they need to start lobbying for next year. A little competition can raise the fund. :)

September 13, 2006, 04:02 PM
Looks like there will be three way fight between Beximco, Acme & Epyllion. These three are the contender and the rest looks like all pretenders. Here are some the tid-bits based one NewAgeBD report.

Beximco: Akram and Mahmud, Alok, Nafees Iqbal, Tamim, Al Shahriar, Md Sharif, Nadif, Nazmul, Md. Shaheen. Plus the possibility of adding Ashraful, Razzak, Rajin, Marhrab Jr.

Acme Laboratories: Hannan, Rana, Alamgir, marshal Ayub, Sabbir, Javed Omar. Plus the possibility of Bashar, Rafique, Aftab, Mashrafee.

Epyllion: Tushar, Nazmus Sadat, Tapash, Enamul Haq Jr, Faisal Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Rahim, Nazimuddin. Plus the possibility of Shareer Nafees and Shahadat

Bangladesh Biman: Sanwar Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahman, Hasanuzzaman. Plus the possibility of Syed Rasel.

September 13, 2006, 04:39 PM
Today's Daily Star report (http://www.thedailystar.net/2006/09/14/d60914040130.htm) on CCL is not that encouraging.

The report excerpt-

The three-day players' transfer for the season's curtain-raiser will begin tomorrow at the Bangabandhu National Stadium but the fact remains that most of the players are in wilderness to make their appearance. The 12-team meet kicks off on October 1.

"The interesting fact is that nobody knows who actually are going to make half of the teams in the competition. The old corporate houses have already confirmed their desired players but the problem lies with the newcomers. Most of the players are simply begging for a team and they requested us to find a house for them but we are also not aware of who are running the show for new teams," said a national cricketer.

"They (board) had high hopes with the competition but ultimately it has turned into a nothing tournament. Actually the board has little planning with the domestic competitions. They are just making fun with the meet and the tournament only creates an opportunity for some little-known corporate houses to use it as a platform for advertising," he added.

The situation is also bitter for the development players as the tournament committee suddenly made a u-turn from the decision to field a BCB development team. The youngsters, now to choose their individual teams, are getting nowhere.

Member secretary of the CCL Ali Hossain also admitted that an estimated number of players are yet to get any offer.

BCB frustratingly failed to pursue the big corporate houses but at the same time inspired the new ones -- as many as six, raising many eyebrows.

The presence of the cellular companies in the first version of the competition brought the excitement but they lost their interest following the board's decision to make it a Twnety20 event, although they returned to the 50-over--a-side affair last year.

But the cellular companies along with the other big names were reluctant to get back into the groove of things as BCB hardly has any plan with the tournament.

Even BCB general secretary Mahbubul Anam was indifferent about the meet.

"It is wise to ask the tournament committee chairman if you have any inquiries. I'm not ready to give wrong answer to a wrong question," said the bearded organiser, the main man of the elected body.

September 13, 2006, 08:43 PM
as always, there is chaos, dilemma, confusion, lack of direction, mis management even before the tournament begun.
NOthing new in BD !

September 14, 2006, 08:55 AM
Not good!!!! I thought corporate teams will go allout to get the best possible teams but I guess they don't care as much. Lack of interest is really disappointing.

September 15, 2006, 01:14 PM
New Age: Epyllion’s day
Staff Correspondent

Five teams appeared in the opening day of the player’s registration for the Corporate Cricket League with last year’s runners-up Epyllion stealing the show by roping a bunch of star cricketers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday.

Led by middle-order batsman Tushar Imran, as many as 17 players that include national vice-captain Shahriar Nafees and promising pacer Shahadat Hossain, signed for Epyllion on the first day of the three-day players registration.

The collection of Epyllion, a company owned by BCB joint-secretary Reazuddin Al Mamun, also includes Tapash Baishya, Enamul Haque Jr, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tareq Aziz, Faisal Hossain, Mohammad Monrizza-man, Shamsur Rahman, Nazmus Sadat and Nazim Uddin.

‘Our team spent around Taka 30 lakh to form the team and also promised to ensure the other facilities needed for the players. So, we must repay them with good performances in the tournament,’ said Epyllion captain Tushar Imran.

‘Last year we unfortunately miss out on the trophy. This time we will try harder this time around by making fewer mistakes,’ he added.

Unlike Epyllion, the other teams that came to enroll the players were hardly ready to spend a big amount. Their lack of interest was reflected in their squads that barely had any star name.

Bangladesh Biman formed a mediocre team with players like Elias Sunny, Shafaq Al Zabir, Jahurul Islam, Tamim Iqbal and Musharaf Rubel.

‘We have only budget for the Premier League and Corporate League, so it was not possible for us to sign the star players,’ said Biman official Shariful Haque, an off-spinner who represented the national team in the 1994 ICC Trophy. Shariful himself also registered as a player.

The other sides that appeared on the opening day were Sifang Fan, StarTel and Channel F2 Advertising, who all mainly relied on relatively unknown players. A total of 58 players have registered their names.

September 15, 2006, 01:25 PM
Bangladesh Biman formed a mediocre team with players like Elias Sunny, Shafaq Al Zabir, Jahurul Islam, Tamim Iqbal and Musharaf Rubel.

I don't think this is a bad team at all, especially if Biman can hold on to their veteran campaigners like Sanwar, Mushfiq Babu, Sharif, and Sajjad Kadir.

September 15, 2006, 02:49 PM
Another sad article about this year's corporate league from Amardesh (http://amardesh.u46.futurecrafts.com/sub_section.php?NewsID=58067&NewsType=bistarito). Basically, saying the same old stuff. A cricketer is offered 300 takas per game for his transporation. Looks like the corporate league will beat the NCL drama.

September 15, 2006, 03:55 PM
From players compositions, it seems some of the Dhaka clubs infiltrated the CCL under names of corporate houses (Epyllion = City Club, Beximco = Old DHOS, Acme = Mohammedan). As Tushar mentioned, those clubs already have needed facilities and organizational power in place. This is a big discouragement for new houses.

September 17, 2006, 01:21 PM
New Age: CCL players’ transfers end
Staff Correspondent

A total of 89 players have registered their names with 10 different teams of the Corporate Cricket League on Sunday, the final day of the players’ registration, with holders Beximco staying at the spotlight.

The defending champions roped in as many as 16 players that include two former national captains Akram Khan and Khaled Mahmud alongside Alok Kapali, Abdur Razzak, Nafees Iqbal, Al Shahriar, Talha Jubair and Nazmul Hossain.

Among the other star cricketers, national opener Javed Omar signed for Partex. In all, 189 cricketers have signed for 12 teams which are going to participate in the tournament.

September 25, 2006, 12:57 PM
New Age: Corporate League faces fresh trouble
Staff Correspondent

The fate of the Corporate Cricket League has become uncertain after it emerged that a power struggle among the officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board has erupted.

The Corporate League Committee had planned begin the season’s first domestic competition on October 1 but with less than a week to go, it is yet to announce the fixture, putting the tournament into great uncertainty, said a source.

According to the source, the power struggle began when a number of BCB officials questioned the validity of a separate committee for the CCL when there is a tournament committee.

They raised the question during the BCB executive committee meeting held on October 21. Mohiuddin Bulbul, the BCB member from Feni and also the member-secretary of the tournament committee led the argument, said a source.

Currently the BCB vice-president Shah Nurul Kabir Shaheen heads both the tournament committee and CCL committee, but the member secretaries are different. Ali Hossain, who is basically the member-secretary of the development committee, holds the post in the CCL committee also.

Talking to New Age on Monday, Hossain admitted the power struggle has left him at a loss.

‘I have completed almost all the procedures. The league was about to lose a number of participants, but I staved off it by persuading six new corporate houses to join the fray. I also completed the players’ registration process and grouping. But only now they are saying that I had no right to do it,’ said Hossain.

‘So I don’t like go ahead further with the league as long as the status of the CCL committee is not resolved. At the moment I can’t really say whether the league will begin on October 1 or not,’ he said.

‘Before taking any further step about the league I will have to talk with our vice-president Shaheen Bhai once he returns from abroad as he is the chairman of CCL and tournament committee,’ said Hossain.

Shaheen, also a ruling party lawmaker from Mymensingh, is now in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah and is expected to return within a day or two. Bulbul was not immediately available for comment.

September 25, 2006, 01:07 PM
lol, election'er agey Umrah!! Nice.

Romjan masey bajey kisu boltey iccha korchey na. Long live BCB. May the Almighty show them the right path.

September 26, 2006, 02:01 AM
Rotten politicians are rotting every corner ...

September 26, 2006, 05:01 AM
Eibhabe ar kotodin..Allah aishob bitarito shoytan politician der hat theke amader desh ta ke bachao.